We don’t know too much about the new Elantra Sport other than the usual details from the press release but one of the highlights jumped out and knocked us out; it’ll be available with a manual gearbox. We love it already.
It features a turbocharged 1.6-litre four cylinder motor (the Veloster Turbo is equipped with it) and it makes a very healthy 200 horses. So healthy in fact that that this is the most powerful Elantra model ever. The power is sent to the front wheels via either a seven-speed dual clutch with paddle shifters or a six-speed row your own. It should drive pretty nicely now too because it has a new independent multi-link rear suspension which has been “designed to elevate on-road dynamics and feel” and this replaces the old torsion bar set up which was less sophisticated so hopefully, the handling will have improved quite a lot.
As for the exterior, the Elantra Sport has an angrier face with a blacked-out grille and horizontal LED daytime running lights, larger intake vents, a rear diffuser panel, larger wheels and slightly extended ground effects making it quite a sporty looking number. A closer inspection reveals a dual exhaust system too. The cabin gets red stitching on the flat-bottom steering wheel and sports seats along with faux carbon fibre trim and embossed "Sport" logos on the seatbacks.
There is no word yet on whether the newbie will be making its way here to our region, but even if it does, then it will likely come with the slush box which is a shame. Having this little saloon with a manual would make it so much more enjoyable and involving to drive. Oh well, we’ve got our fingers and toes crossed…